Germany seems to be taking Austria as a model. After the Austrian federal government completed a lockdown for unvaccinated people (and a nationwide lockdown for everyone from Monday due to the sharp rise in numbers), our neighbors are now following suit. This autumn, Austria will be the first European country to carry out a large-scale lockdown. On Friday, Bavaria’s Prime Minister Markus Söder also announced tightened measures after a meeting of his cabinet in Munich. Specifically, this means that in Bavarian corona hotspots with a seven-day incidence of more than 1000, public life is shut down to a minimum in large areas. There will be exceptions for daycare centers, schools and retailers
But not only Bavaria, but also the Kenya coalition in Saxony is now taking action. As the “Leipziger Volkszeitung” reports, there is still no lockdown in the classic sense. The government is responding to the significant differences in incidences between the unvaccinated and vaccinated. Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer has an incidence of 1,800 people who have not been vaccinated, while it is only 60 in those who have been vaccinated.
The Saxon state government has banned the consumption of alcohol in public places. In addition, the people in Saxony will have to do without the Christmas market this year. In addition, cultural and recreational facilities must close. Bars, discos and clubs will also be closed. However, libraries remain open. Events are generally canceled, but services can be held with the 3G rule. Unvaccinated people are called on Monday to massively restrict their contacts. Only one household can meet with another.
Vaccinated and convalescents are, however, exempt from the contact restriction. Schools should also remain open under new regulations. Saxony is introducing a so-called “hotspot rule”, according to which a curfew between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. applies to unvaccinated people in counties with an incidence of 1000 or more. While the 3G rule applies in the workplace, unvaccinated people are prohibited from accessing retail outlets – apart from basic services. For now, the rules should apply until December 12th.